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Challenging emotions

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This paper contributes to work on emotional geographies by engaging with Liz Bondi's focus on relationality and the challenge to geographers to explore how their emotion might connect with the feelings of their subjects. Through the lens of a focus group meeting that created confusing feelings, it shows the hurdles that geographers face when they engage with practices developed in a psychotherapeutic setting. The paper is not so much a critique, more a desire to continue the conversation regarding how to approach and adopt psychotherapy's theory of practice in a research context.

Keywords: Bondi; affect; emotion; focus group; psychotherapy; relationality

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, Email:

Publication date: 2009-09-01

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